Behavioral Approaches to Pattern Recognition and Concept Formation

Behavioral Approaches to Pattern Recognition and Concept Formation

Behavioral Approaches to Pattern Recognition and Concept Formation

Behavioral Approaches to Pattern Recognition and Concept Formation

Synopsis

Volume eight in this highly acclaimed series discusses the behavioral approaches to pattern recognition and concept formation in two sections: categories and concepts in birds, and shape and form. An ideal reference for students and professionals in experimental psychology and behavioral analysis.

Excerpt

The present volume is eighth in the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior series. We continue to seek topics in the analysis of individual behavior that have, or seem to be on the verge of, yielding theoretical formulations of a level of rigor and generality beyond the narrowly descriptive.

The contents of the present volume were first prepared for and presented at the Eighth Symposium on Quantitative Analyses of Behavior Held at Harvard: Pattern Recognition and Concepts in Animals, People and Machines on June 7 and 8, 1985. Subsequent revision and expansion of the papers resulted text relating to two broad sets of issues. Hence, that one year's symposium appears as two volumes. The current one, Volume VIII in the general series, presents the papers dealing with the results of experiments with animals. Volume IX addresses computational and clinical approaches to pattern recognition and concept formation.

The symposium was organized by the editors and supported in part by the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, by the Dare Association, Inc. and the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. We owe thanks for the local arrangements to Rebecca M. Young, Patrice M. Miller and Dean Gallant, with assistance from Wilson R. Fong, Charles Ford, Peter W. Hallinan, Marjorie Bahlke Harrison, Edward Lazere, and Ann O'Brien. For help in reviewing the chapters for stylistic and organizational improvements we thank the staff of the Dare Institute.

Michael L. Commons Harvard Medical School . . .

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